689 Tasting Notes
Having a cup of this tonight as a bit of a palate cleanser (I may or may not have eaten a whole pack of red velvet Tim Tams…) and it’s making me quite nostalgic for the earlier days of T2.
There’s something about this blend that just isn’t… trying as hard as the current limited edition releases. This year has been exciting but three new special teas every MONTH is a little too much, particularly when those teas cost between $20-$30 a box (50-150g depending on the blend). And the monthly themes are fun but also a bit overwhelming, some blends feel overcomplicated and other months I don’t really care about. Just like… settle down.
Settle down and re-release some earlier greats.
Like this one.
Another wonderful sample from VariaTEA and this is my favourite one yet, if only because it was a nice surprise compared to the other two. Don’t get me wrong, I really dig the Cookies & Cream and Banana & Cream flavours but this one was less sweet and so it was a nice break from the trend. Less sweet, but still so delicious. Buttery caramel flavours but still such matcha. YEAH!
I got super pumped for a mug of this last night for dessert and then as I was microwaving the almond milk (I’m a classy broad) I remembered I was holding off on matcha until my whisk arrives. Oops.
Another great flavoured matcha! Smells and tastes like banana candy. No added sweetness needed thanks to the flavour, bed it’s just a real treat. Perfect for a dessert latte. I’m only two matchas in and it’s already reinforcing that I’m gonna have to make a Red Leaf order in the future.
Thanks so much for these samples VariaTEA — they’re knocking it out of my park.
Rats. This is definitely not what I was hoping it would be—my hopes were high, but that’s just because I’ve come to expect a certain deliciousness from a flavoured black. First short hot steep was underwhelming (not awful, just underwhelming) so I hoped a cold brew would redeem it and bring out those peachy fruity notes… but sadly not. Any fruity notes were overwhelmed by the bitterness that came through from the Ceylon. Really? Huge bummer. I didn’t think a bitter brew was possible with a cold steep! Meh.